Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu has said that the government will soon begin placing trackers on tankers carrying petroleum products in order to prevent the diversion of same.
Kachikwu made the disclosure on Monday, April 25, 2016, during the first Federal Government Town Hall meeting in Lagos.
“Over 30 per cent of (fuel) supply is diverted. For example, in the last five days, we have pumped 400 trucks of product into Lagos State. The total consumption (in the state) at the maximum is 250 trucks; most of those trucks are diverted from Lagos to the hinterland of Chad and Cameroon,” he said according to Punch.
“We need, literally, a whole army to stop this from happening. So, I continue to supply and over-supply and so we struggle.
“We started publishing deliveries and tell you the filling stations they were allocated to. So, if you don’t find products in those filling stations, there are hotlines to call.
“Do not judge our work on the basis of the difficulties you have had in fuel supply. I love your patience, I appreciate it; we are working feverishly at solutions. We are looking at intelligent solutions,” he added.
Also at the meeting were the Ministers of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lai Mohammed, Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.
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